AARP Foundation offers scholarships for women
Women 40 and older who are seeking new job skills, training and educational opportunities to support themselves and their families may be eligible for scholarships from the AARP Foundation.
Barbara Kim Stanton, AARP Hawaii state director, said, "Earlier this year, we were able to provide valuable resources that gave three deserving Hawaii women access to the educational tools to advance their professional goals."
The foundation announced the Women's Scholarship Program last August.
Scholarships can be used to attend a public or private secondary school, including community colleges, technical schools or four-year universities.
The program is seeking women who are entering two- to three-year technical or skills enhancement programs or are in the last stages of college. Funds are payable to the institution and may be used for tuition, fees and books.
Applicants must be 40 or older as of Aug. 31, this year, able to demonstrate financial need and be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary school or training program within six months of the scholarship award.
Priority is given to women raising children or another family member, those who have been out of the work force an extended time and women in jobs with no chance of advancement, low pay and without either health or retirement benefits.
Applications may be submitted online at www.aarpfoundationwlc.org. Applications will close Aug. 22 and scholarships will be awarded in early 2009.